Sunday, February 18, 2018

Layered Garden Treasure

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last month I was fortunate enough to attend Creativation in Phoenix.  Wow!  It was non-stop fun seeing all the soon-to-be released product, new-to-me product, and visiting my favorite brand booths.  One booth that was almost new-to-me was Altenew.  I had seen some of their product before in stores but had not really seen the beautiful projects created using their product.  The Altenew layered flowers projects were gorgeous!  After leaving Creativation I decided to buy a stamp and die set and try it out for myself.  Today I am sharing the first project using stamps and dies from the Garden Treasure set.

  1. Create a top fold card using pale blue card stock. Round corners.  Apply gold marker along edges.
  2. Die cut white card stock using Becca Feeken's Emmeline Treillage die and Tallulah Frill die.  
  3. Die cut Emmeline Treillage using the rectangle die from Hemstitch Rectangles.  Die cut green card stock using same die.
  4. Mount all die cuts to card base using liquid adhesive.
  5. Stamp flowers onto white card stock using desired inks.  After drying, die cut.
  6. Mount flowers to card base using liquid adhesive.  For more dimension, use thin double sided foam tape for leaves and thicker double sided foam tape for rose.
  7. Add Stickles to center of flowers.  Add pale blue pearls to center of Emmeline background flowers.
  8. Create bow and adhere using liquid adhesive.  Add gold button to bow center using liquid adhesive. 
It was a good time in the craft room stamping out the roses in different colors.  I just placed an order for some of the Altenew inks (the colors quite lovely) and will share a project or two after the order arrives.

Have you created projects using the Altenew layer stamps?  If so, I would love to see them!  Feel free to share a link in the comment section below.

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Product used:
Altenew Garden Treasure
Hemstitch Rectangles
Tallulah Frill
Emmeline Treillage
Memento Dew Drops
Stickles- Yellow

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Butterfly Kindness

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire Creations and I made a Butterfly Kindness card.  This card is perfect to give to a friend or loved one in appreciation for kindness or as a thank you card.  (I really like the quote stamp as it is so very true and well stated.)
Instructions to create the card are found on the Quietfire Creations post.  It is super easy to make and although I used blue, green and yellow colors, it would also look pretty in red, orange and yellow.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"...I love you" card and gift box set

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last week I shared a project using the beautiful Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.  This weekend I played in the craft room with polish's sparkly cousin: Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss.  Like the polish, the Glitter Kiss is packaged with its own applicator.  (The applicator means cleaner hands and the lid provides applicator storage.)

I tried the Glitter Kiss several ways: applying over the entirety of a piece of card stock, die cutting "kissed" card stock (no issues or touch up needed), through a stencil and using a small paint brush to apply on small areas.  One thing I did not know was how to correctly apply it over a large area with the applicator.  The best way to apply over a large area is to swipe the applicator onto the paper in one direction, turn 90 degrees and swipe, turn 90 then swipe and 90 then swipe.  It sounds like a lot of time but the results are worth it.  And the Glitter Kiss dries quickly, too.

The first project made with the Glitter Kiss was a glittery heart favor box.  This sweet favor box is a great gift idea or favor box for a Valentine's Day gift, a wedding or anniversary celebration.  After the favor box was completed, I created a matching card.

(All product used is listed at the end of the post.)

Favor Box Instructions:
  1. Die cut patterned paper using gift favor die.  Two required.  Apply gold marker along edges.
  2. Use heart spray stencil and apply Glitter Kiss.  (It is best to secure stencil with washi tape to prevent stencil from sliding.)
  3. Die cut patterned paper using box die from gift favor die set.
  4. Assemble box.  (here is a video tutorial for assembly)
  5. Stamp sentiment onto coordinating paper using red archival ink.  Clean stamp and tap Glitter Kiss onto stamp.  Re-stamp sentiment.  After drying die cut with tag die and apply gold marker along edges.
  6. Apply Glitter Kiss to card stock (red is best) and die cut using key die.  
  7. Create bow and add gold twine to hang the tag and key.
  8. Apply Glitter Kiss to red card stock.  Die cut using heart lace die.  Adhere to back of favor box.  (Keep the wee heart die cut from the center to use on the card front.)
The favor box is so cute- whoever receives it will adore it!

Next is the matching card.  It has several layers of die cuts and beautiful calligraphy stamps from Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.

Card Instructions:

  1. Die cut red card stock twice using Ornamental Crest Die.  Apply Glitter Kiss to the front of one die cut.  After drying, adhere to front of plain die cut using liquid adhesive.
  2. Create support for card using red card stock.
  3. Die cut gold card stock using lace heart die.
  4. Apply Glitter Kiss to red card stock and die cut using classic heart die.
  5. Stamp both text stamps onto patterned paper.  Die cut the largest text using smallest die in the Ornamental Crest set.  (Save the outer frame as the background beneath the hearts.) Cut the "I love you" into a rectangle.  Apply gold marker along edges.
  6. Assemble all die cuts from step 5 onto card front.
  7. Create double bow and adhere to front.
I do hope you enjoyed the favor box and coordinating card!  I really like how the set shimmers with the beautiful red Glitter Kiss.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Kathy Jo

Product used (click on the text for the product link):
Glitter Kiss- Fire Red Kiss

I Don't Tell You Often Enough, Set of 5 - Mounted
"I don't tell you enough" stamp set
Shapeabilities Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken Favorably Simple Gift Box Etched Dies
Favor Box die set
Hearts and Paws stencil
Shapeabilities Lace Hearts Etched Dies (S5-204)
Lace Hearts
Being Thankful, Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted
For You stamp

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Let your heart guide you"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you ever read a quote that has taken you back to a moment in time?  The quote on the card I am sharing today has done that very thing.  It takes me back to the first time I met my husband.  I remember that moment so clearly:  it was the first day at my new job and my boss wanted me to meet my project leader.  As my future hubby walked up to me all sound was muted...I could feel my heart beat.  My inner voice gasped and breathlessly said "oh".  Yes, that all sounds silly but that is what happened.  Of course, my next internal voice statement was something like "I am going to love working here".  (Big smiles.)  Anyway, the point of that story is that my heart muted my world so that it could faintly tell me what it felt.  I definitely listened!

Now about that card...

The focal point of the card is the lovely quote from Suzanne Cannon's (for Elizabeth Craft Designs) Love & Hearts stamp set:
Also used is Elizabeth Craft Designs' Romantic Corners die set:
The card has several layers but is quite easy to create.
For full card instructions, feel free to hope on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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